Saddle Fire update: 70% contained

June 28, 2017 - 12:54 pm


  • Douglas Ranger District of the Coronado National Forest
  • Latitude:   31 35 21.2    Longitude: 109 25 39.4
  • North of Douglas , Arizona

Start Date:  June 24, 2017, 3:10 p.m.                               

Size: Approximately 4,938 acres     

Percent Contained: 70

Cause: Under investigation

Vegetation: Grass and brush

Summary:  The Saddle Fire is burning in grass and brush on Coronado National Forest and Arizona State lands. The fire is being managed as a type 3 incident. Firefighters have made good progress over the last several days. Suppression resources will continue to reinforce the edge and mop-up any hot sections that threaten the fire line. Some resources assigned to this incident have been made available to assist with new ignitions in the area. No structures are currently threatened.                 


1.Ensure firefighter, public and aviation safety through clear concise leader's intent, work prioritization and implementation of doctrinal principles.

2.Protect or minimize threats and loss to all private property and other identified values at risk.  

3.Effectively manage incident cost by planning strategies and tactics that have a high probability of success.

4.Maintain effective communication with all involved and participating partners.  

Resources Assigned:

  • Crews: 4
  • Engines: 4
  • Helicopters: 1
  • Water Tenders: 3
  • Bulldozers: 2
  • Miscellaneous Overhead

Fire Restrictions:  Stage 2 fire restrictions are in effect on the Coronado National Forest. 

Fire Weather: Dry weather with mostly clear skies is expected over the fire. The forecast for this afternoon and early evening calls for hot temperatures and low relative humidity, with gusty west to southwest winds.

Closures: A temporary flight restriction has been issued, in the area over the fire, and will remain in place until further notice. This restriction includes “drones” or unmanned aerial vehicles. The public is reminded that “If you fly, we can’t!” Aerial fire suppression resources will be grounded if drones enter the restricted airspace, which could result in serious consequences.

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